DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle bought 2005. Well, I shared this with my dad and two brothers, and they asked, "Was this everything it’s cracked up to be?" Gotta admit it was not quite. Then again, the actual beer could never match up to its rep. Even as a Belgian Quad, I’ve ended up being more excited about Delerium Tremens or Atomium. Or maybe a family gathering is a little too stressful to actually enjoy a beer. I will say: Beautiful smooth brown pour with a short head. Smell of figs, raisins and Belgian brown sugar (not too much of the latter). Taste bring out those fruits, with the added sensation of fruit leather and Belgian malts. What I realize is that this is not a great "extreme" beer: there is nothing going over the top for the sake of bragging rights. No, the Trappist brothers were never into that. What I have instead is a well-practiced beer that balances in almost every respect instead of overwhelming the senses. If I ever spot another bottle (got this at Cardinal Liquors in Frankfort, IL, but that was a few years ago, so I’m not adding that place here), I will re-try by myself.
Nische (442) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully superb beer. Dark reddish brown color with a huge off white head. Smells of dark fruit,sweet sugar and Belgium yeast. The flavor follows the nose with raisins, plumbs, and toffee. The flavors only get better as the beer slightly warms. Does it live up to the hype? With not the least hesitation, yes!
sistinas (91) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (of course). Purchased December 2012. I drank one then and drank one about a year later - does show a bit more character from aging. Pours a very dark brown with a sizable foamy head. Smells of cherries, plums, brown sugar. The aforementioned flavors hit the tongue first before it transforms into something a bit more yeasty and biscuity and spicy. Lots of stuff going on. Thought it’d be a little thicker in texture based on how it looked. Worth seeking out, I suppose, though I had a St Bernardus ABT 12 the next day (though it was on tap) and I liked that better.
ralphcal (3) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got my hands on a bottle. Great nose, yeasty and sweet, a little smokiness. The taste is a little sweet, a hint of alcohol bite but pleasantly so. Starts a little spicy but overall very smooth, sweet, caramelly.
Viktorlol (2) - BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pipi in a bottle ..................................................
mxnuel16 (21) - PANAMA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelente aroma a pasas, aparincia rojo vino, sabor muy agradable pero se siente mas el alchol que la 12 de st bernardus, en conjunto, ya se entiende por que es considerafa la mejor del mundo.
rxndygordon (24) - Panama, PANAMA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza de apariencia oscura rojisa y aroma bastante presente. Poco head de espuma. Prefiero la abt 12 de st bernardus
AndyReynolds (767) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to my Awesome & very gracious Uncle Jim. The nose is sweet Belgian malts with dark fruits (plums, grapes, insert other dark fruit here), typical Belgian yeast character. Has a winey/corkey aftertaste. I have to say, this is very comparable to the St. Bernardus (spelling?) Abt 12 but not as dry and a little fruitier. Being that the Abt 12 is one of my favorite, I have to give this a high rating. Personally, I think Permanent Funeral and Brandy Barrel Vanilla Bean Aged Dark Lord are better, but to each there own.
Chudwick (1550) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle shared by AndyReynolds the Gracious - pours the way it did for the previous 2800+ raters. Nose is dark fruit, brown sugar, and ether. Earthy aromas I’d expect from an abt/quad. Keep thinking of saint Bernardus 12. Wine cork aftertaste in a good way. Goes down easy for 12% ABV. Damn good but not my favorite beer in the world.
beechner224 (215) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby red/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is some dark fruits, typical of a quad. Taste is dark fruit, prunes, no hops, smooth.Its good, just not my thing.
thomas198700 (1) - - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surely One of the Best beers i tried.. Fantastic aftertaste .. Strong Wooden Aromas.. Could be compared too oak matured wine.. Great beer, for the ones who still need to try this unique westie, have a look on: westvleterenshop.com ... Great value for what you get! Enjoye!